Idiyappam / String hoppers

Idiyappam / string hoppers is a popular breakfast dish in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is usually made of rice flour, salt and hot water, coconut is usually added for an extra taste. Its best combination is with vegetable kurma, any stew, egg curry, any meat curries, green peas/black chana curry and sweetened coconut milk. You need an idiyappam press/maker to prepare this dish.



1. Roasted rice flour – 2 cups (You can use store-bought idiyappam podi)
2. Grated coconut – 1/4 – 1/2 cup
3. Salt – To taste
4. Boiling water – As required (You can add some milk to the boiling water to make it extra-soft)

5. Ghee – 1 tsp (to make it extra-soft)


1. Add salt to the boiling water. Make a smooth dough by adding the boiling water little by little to the rice flour, stirring in between. You can use your hands to form a smooth dough when it cools down slightly. Keep it aside for at least 20 minutes. You can add a tsp of ghee to the dough to make it extra-soft.


2. Make small balls from the dough, put them in the idiyappam maker and close it with its lid.
3. Grease the idly moulds with oil/ghee and spread about 1.5 tsp shredded coconut. Now using the idiyappam maker, press and squeeze the dough onto the idli moulds in a circular motion. Now add some grated coconut on top of it (You can add some sugar with the grated coconut, for kids). Steam cook for about 10 – 15 mts or until done. You can also press it into banana leaves and steam until done. Transfer the idiyappams to a serving bowl and repeat until the dough is finished. Serve warm with any curry of your choice.

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  1. wow This is totally completely thoroughly truly awesome! Innovative!

  2. lovely it looks … perfect

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  4. wow…drooling idiyappam dears….lovely..

  5. Lovely …
    we make idiyappams pretty different…
    I remember eating this in my friends house….. (both these dishes) and i enjoyed it so much tht i took bac a box of idiyappanm nd kurma bac home for the next days lunch :)
    lovely recipe

  6. Idiyapam looks so soft…with veg…perfect combo!!

  7. Nice one dear…This looks yummy. I want to have this immidiately

  8. i love idiappam but have never tried it out this way, seems easy and very delicious..

  9. very interesting, looks so tasty and i am sure it is :)btw is it the same as rice vermicelli that we get in store?
    Never tried making at home.

  10. looks perfect..never had or tried idiappam :(.. will try, thanx 4 sharing

  11. Perfect idiyappam…had these yday for bfast..yummm

  12. Idiyappam looks will be the recipe for that peas curry, I guess…

  13. Daivame, ravile tahnne ethanu kanune, enik vishakunne..Adipoli idiyappams and peas curry is my fav sidedish with these…


  14. I learnt to make them recently…..i liked them a lot…looks yum….

  15. idiyappam looks so delicious n tempting …its my favorite but never prepared it ….thanks for sharing


  16. New dish to me….very innovative…

  17. perfect and soft idiyappam..yummy peas curry..lovely combo Maya.

  18. wow, they came out so well, love the presentation.

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  20. Lovely presentation…Simply missing this wonderful bfast..Planning to get the kitchen press during my vacation to India ..

  21. Oh how cool, everytime I read a post here I learn about new food

  22. oh kothipichu..adipoli..

  23. kore divasam aayi idyappam undaakkiyittu.. Nale ethu thanne breakfast :)

  24. Idiyappam nannayittundu!

  25. Our fav too…looks perfect da..

  26. Perfect Idiyappams……..

  27. കല്യാണിക്കുട്ടിയുടെ ഇഷ്ട പലഹാരം ആണ് ഇടിയപ്പം. മുട്ട കറി അല്ലേല്‍ സോധി കറി കൂട്ടി കഴിച്ച കാലം മറന്നു തുടങ്ങിയതാ. വീണ്ടും ഓര്‍മിപ്പിച്ചതിനു നന്ദി. നാളെ ഇടിയപ്പം ഉണ്ടാക്കിയിട്ട് തെന്നെ ബാക്കി കാര്യം.

  28. These string hoppers look very interesting and delicious with coconut. Looks like rice vermicelli. Thanks very much for sharing.

  29. u wont blve it…its been ages since i had idiappam…brings bak memories

  30. Suzann William says:

    what brand of idiyappam maker is good? can you recommended any? which one did you use.
    Thanks !

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